Recently, PED outbreaks caused by viruses with high sequence identity to those in US but with rather low impact have recently been reported in several European countries.
University of Ghent. Belgium
Maurice Pensaert is Emeritus professor at the Laboratory of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ghent, Belgium. He was responsible for teaching Animal virology and Viral diseases of animals to veterinary students. He has spent a lifetime career in research on pathogenesis and other aspects of several viral diseases of swine (Transmissible Gastroenteritis, Hemagglutinating Encephalitis, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus, Swine Influenza, Aujeszky’s Disease, PRRS…).He is past president of the International Pig Veterinary Society and honorary member of the European College of Porcine Health Management. He is Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), University of Liège (Belgium) and Purdue University (USA).
Updated CV 05-May-2015
The author questions whether the US virus is more virulent than the strain CV777 isolated in Europe in 1977 or whether the disease is indeed more devastating now than it was in the seventies in Europe.